• Oregon Region Preparedness Initiative
Prepare! is a multi-year initiative created to save lives and livelihoods by preparing individuals and families, schools, businesses and entire communities to bounce back from disasters of all types and sizes. We will help to substantially preserve our region’s economy and assure communities survive after the devastation of a wildfire, flood, severe storm and even a catastrophic earthquake.

Why is this initiative so important?

  • According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Oregon faces a 1 in 3 chance of a magnitude 8+ earthquake in the next 50 years.
  • According to a study done by UC Berkeley in 2012, the Western U.S. is at the top of the global list of wildfire risk over the next 30 years.
  • According to FEMA, $1 invested in preparedness saves $4 in response; according to the World Bank $1 invested in preparedness saves $7 in response.
  • Catastrophic disasters threaten jobs. According to the Small Business Administration, up to 40 percent of small businesses fail after a disaster.